I lift my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? Psalm 12:1
Getting outdoors and lifting my eyes and my feet to hike along beaches and through the woods has always restored my soul. From childhood visits to national parks, being outdoor to experience God’s handiwork in nature, has been as sacred as any church sanctuary.
“I lift my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come?” reminds me of that truth. The timing is good for this verse. Not only because many of us are starting to begin to witness the miracle of spring. But also because today many of you are signing your 1040 and putting an IRS check in the mail. Nobody really enjoys paying taxes, myself included, however I know those national parks, that inspired me as a child, were open to my family because other people paid theirs.
The fact is, lots of good things have happened in my life because people filed their 1040s. So here’s my prayer of thanks for tax day:
Thank you, God, for everyone who paid their taxes in years gone by. Because of them my childhood was blessed with:
- mountains to climb and parks to explore; • an education offered by public schools and libraries; • safe drinking water and clean air to breathe; and roads to drive • Medicare for my grandparents when they got sick; • free vaccinations against polio and other diseases; • the county extension service and its 4-H programs for youth; • and most importantly, the assurance that my country cared for me and my family.
That’s my prayer today. I bet you could offer a similar one. As the Psalmist affirms, our help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. But throughout my life, and probably yours, help has also come through a host of government programs.
Let’s thank God for those who have blessed our lives through their taxes in the past and for the chance to bless the lives of others with ours. Amen.